Looking for holiday shopping with local charm? Take a stroll through downtown Troy

In the world of small town shopping, Troy offers plenty to get excited about. For the 12 days of Christmas, Troy has 12 stores to shop and then some. Walking around Market and Main streets is a quaint adventure that is enormously satisfying.

It's the kind of winter walk that leaves you with a smile on your face and warmth in your heart.

There are plenty of stores to enjoy and soak up, but here are 12 that offer gift ideas galore. In between these stops there are other stores, restaurants, bars and businesses to swing by and explore. If you are looking to get out of the online holiday shopping and into real life to find something a little bit different, this just may be the ticket.

Ark & Echo 

101 S. Market St., Troy

(937) 776-8198 or https://shoppingecho.com 

Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday

Shop for her at this sweet little boutique that offers fashion clothing items and cool accessories like the Torch & Hammer handcrafted copper cuffs made in Tennessee.

Around About Books 

8 W. Main St., Troy

(937) 339-1707 or www.aroundaboutbooks.com 

Hours 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday

This used book store sells DVDs, Blu-Rays, CDs, LPs and yes, books, including a local authors section. You never know what you might find here that could make for an interesting conversation piece at the holidays. Anymore, going old school is going new school, so it's really the hip thing to do.

The Blue Bow Boutique 

108 E. Main St., Troy

(937) 670-2027 or www.facebook.com/thebluebowboutique 

Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday

Clothing and accessories that are priced right may mean a nice gift for that special lady you are shopping for.

Carolina Moon Home Furnishings 

112 E. Main St., Troy

(937) 473-5360 or www.wildwestfurnitureonline.com 

Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday

This store is packed with furniture and accessories that will leave you inspired with new interior design ideas. There are lots of sweet hostess gifts and home decor gifts to browse mixed in with larger pieces that won't fit in a stocking.

Expressions of the Home 

6 S. Market St., Troy

(937) 332-9227

Hours: 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 11 a.m.– 4 p.m. Saturday

This sweet little store has all the things that a home needs. The eclectic displays and arrangements will leave you with plenty to look at. This is a great spot to find a gift for women in your life who seem to have everything.

For All Seasons Gift Boutique 

2 W. Main St., Troy

(937) 875-2599 or www.facebook.com/For-All-Seasons-262056243819422 

Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday

All of the money you spend at this shop benefits Hospice of Miami County, so shop here for everyone on your list for the good holiday karma it will bring. They have a large selection of Naked Bee beauty products, which make great stocking stuffers. They also have toys, ornaments and other household items to peruse.

Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop 

1 E. Main St., Troy

937-980-9035 or https://grandpajoescandyshop.com/visit-a-store/troy 

10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday

When it comes to kids you can't go wrong with candy and when it comes to awesome stores you can't go wrong with Grandpa Joe's Candy Shop, which has all the candy and so much more including toys, novelty items and an array of different specialty sodas that needs to be seen to be believed.

Hittle's Jewelry 

106 W. Main St., Troy

(937) 339-3210 or http://hittlesjewelry.com

Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m Saturday

Jewelry for her, jewelry for him. If the person you plan on gifting likes bling they have plenty of it at Hittle's.

The Olive Oasis 

7 E. Main St., Troy

(937) 552-7322 or www.theoliveoasis.com 

Hours: 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday

If you have a passionate cook in your life, the Olive Oasis offers fresh extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, olive oil soaps, gourmet spices, sea salts, infused balsamic vinegar and other great gift items.

Pachamama Market

116 S. Market St., Troy

(937) 552-9466 or https://pachamamamarket.org 

Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday; Noon to 4 p.m. Sundays

This is a marketplace for fair trade, handmade and eco-friendly creative and artistic goods crafted by female artisans from all over the world. Feel good about shopping small. Feel even better that the gift you will be buying is also fair trade.

Towne Valley Gifts 

105 E. Main St., Troy

(937) 570-1356 or www.townevalleygifts.com 

Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays

Country home decor, homespun and handmade rag quilts, Crossroad Candles, locally made wood furniture and more make this a great spot to shop for the lady of the house who prefers a decor style that is a simpler Americana look.

Winans Fine Chocolates & Coffees 

10 W. Main St., Troy

(937) 335-9119 or http://winanschocolatesandcoffees.com 

Hours: 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; Noon-5 p.m. Sundays

Because chocolate. Just about anyone would like to get some from Santa.

Contact this contributing writer at alexis.e.larsen@hotmail.com.